The Silencers

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Overview

Columbia Pictures tried to create a tongue-in-cheek American James Bond with this, the first of five motion pictures based on the character of Matt Helm, a spy created in a series of novels by Donald Hamilton. Dean Martin stars as Helm, a boozing, womanizing cad of a spy coaxed out of retirement by ex-girlfiend Tina Batori Daliah Lavi. His mission: stop the evil Big O organization, whose leader, Tung-Tze Victor Buono schemes to sabotage an atomic missile and thus spark World War III. Producer Irving Allen had ...
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Overview

Columbia Pictures tried to create a tongue-in-cheek American James Bond with this, the first of five motion pictures based on the character of Matt Helm, a spy created in a series of novels by Donald Hamilton. Dean Martin stars as Helm, a boozing, womanizing cad of a spy coaxed out of retirement by ex-girlfiend Tina Batori Daliah Lavi. His mission: stop the evil Big O organization, whose leader, Tung-Tze Victor Buono schemes to sabotage an atomic missile and thus spark World War III. Producer Irving Allen had once been partners with Albert R. Broccoli in the British film production company Warwick Films, their alliance ironically disintegrating over the merits of creating a Bond series. When Broccoli's instincts proved correct, Allen attempted to create his own spy franchise with the Helm character. The sequels to The Silencers 1966 were Murderer's Row 1966, The Ambushers 1967, and The Wrecking Crew 1969. Allen unsuccessfully tried to resurrect the character as a TV movie, Matt Helm 1975.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The incredible success of the James Bond films in the 1960s inspired a rash of imitators, most of which -- like The Silencers -- only served to point up the fact that, whatever criticism could be leveled at the Bond films, they still had a certain indefinable "something" that couldn't be copied. The Silencers is not dreadful, as some of the other faux-Bonds are, but that's about the best that can be said for it. Fans of Dean Martin will certainly find things to enjoy, for the Martin "persona" is on full display here. Fans of the Austin Powers movies should also get a kick out of The Silencers, as the Matt Helm character is in some ways closer to what Austin is riffing on than Bond. But those simply looking for a good spy flick should keep on looking. The script is ridiculous, and of so many minds about what it's trying to do and when, that it ends up being a mess. Those not enamored of Martin will find his performance here rather annoying, as he's more concerned with being "Dino" than Helm. And even director Phil Karlson's fans will be disappointed to find him working on autopilot here. The girls are certainly attractive, and Cyd Charisse gets to add a little more mature sizzle, but only Stella Stevens gets to make a real impression, by virtue of a comedy performance that's surprisingly good. Otherwise, there's not a lot in The Silencers that's worth commenting on.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/20/2013
  • UPC: 014381861723
  • Original Release: 1966
  • Rating:

  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Region Code: 1
  • Language: English
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 24,172

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dean Martin Matt Helm
Stella Stevens Gail, Big O's Girl
Daliah Lavi Tina Batori
Victor Buono Tung-Tze
Arthur O'Connell Wigman
Cyd Charisse Sarita
Robert Webber Sam Gunther
James Gregory MacDonald
Nancy Kovack Barbara
Roger C. Carmel Andreyev
Beverly Adams Lovey Kravezit
Richard Devon Domino
David Bond Dr. Naldi
John Reach Traynor
Frank Gerstle Frazer
Grant Woods Radio Man
Patrick Waltz Hotel Clerk
Todd Armstrong
Barbara Burgess
Amedee Chabot Girl
Carol Cole Waitress
Myron Cook
Bill Couch Jr.
John Day Student Guard
Sol (Saul) Gorss Pilot
Frank S. Hagney Drunk
Chuck Hicks
Harry Holcombe Agent X
Susan Holloway
Ted Jordan
Gary Lasdun Armed Man
Karl Malden
Mary Jane Mangler
Ray Montgomery Agent C
Inge Neilsen Statue
Scott Perry
Robert Phillips 1st Armed Man
Pat Renella Man
Bruce Ritchey Hunter
Cosmo Sardo Bit
Tom Steele
Larri Thomas Specialty Dancer
Glenn Thompson
Marilyn Tindall
Richard Tretter
Robert Ward
Guy Wilkerson Farmer
Dirk Evans
Pamela Rodgers
Jan Watson
Margie Nelson
Anna Lavelle
Vincent VanLynn Agent Z
Pat Hawley Eddie, the Bartender
Robert Glenn FBI Agent
Grace Lee Oriental Girl
Technical Credits
Phil Karlson Director
Irving Allen Producer
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer, Songwriter
Mack David Songwriter
Burnett Guffey Cinematographer
Ben Lane Makeup
Moss Mabry Costumes/Costume Designer
Charles Nelson Editor
George R. Nelson Set Decoration/Design
Oscar Saul Screenwriter
Robert Sidney Choreography
Joseph C. Wright Art Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [6:11]
2. Dream Girls [1:53]
3. A Phone Call & Lovey Kravezit [4:21]
4. Straight to the Big O [4:25]
5. Treasure Hunt [3:06]
6. Tina Batori [3:55]
7. Photo Finished [1:53]
8. The Road to Phoenix [3:29]
9. Gail Hendricks [6:15]
10. The Slaygirl Club [1:52]
11. Sarita [5:15]
12. Strip Searched & Gassed [2:02]
13. Operation Fallout [2:17]
14. Ready for Miss Hendricks [4:39]
15. Armament [1:02]
16. Boxed Canyon Ride [2:28]
17. S-i-q-u-e [4:32]
18. His Own Little Sex Wagon [4:26]
19. Rain Women [2:26]
20. Joe Wigman & Friends [11:14]
21. Command Headquarters [2:37]
22. Cowboy [3:24]
23. Blasting Out of Tina's Bedroom [:53]
24. Trick Shot [3:02]
25. Laser Shield [4:52]
26. Mission Control Center [2:45]
27. Captured by Tung-Tze [2:18]
28. Wet End Credits [2:04]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Subtitles
      English
      French/Fran├žais
      Subtitles Off
   Scene Selections
   Trailers
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      Fun with Dick and Jane
      The Mouse That Roared
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great fun!!!!!

    Unlike the Orginal Matt Helm novels, this movie is very light and funny. He plays Matt Helm in only the way Dean can - a great singer and casanova. Every Dean Martin fan will love this movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great oldie with Dino - the Italian Stallion

    Matt Helm is just as fun as James Bond. Kind of corny at times, but a reminder how innocent and fun the 60's were. Not just blood and sex, lots of one-liners and excitement. All the Matt Helm movies were fun, we weren't disappointed with any of them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT MOVIE WONDERFUL MUSIC TOO!

    This is a classic with Dean Martin! I am so glad this came out on DVD! I just love to two songs performed by Cyd in the movie, The Silencers and Santiago. Three time legend Vikki Carr provided the vocals but there's no mention. Great memories!

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